All 35 bowl games from best to worst


The bowl lineup for the final season of the BCS is set.

No. 1 Florida State will play No. 2 Auburn for the last BCS National Championship. Next season, we'll have a four-team playoff to decide college football's national champion.

Before the Seminoles or the Tigers raise the crystal football at Rose Bowl Stadium on Jan. 6, we'll get to see 34 other bowl games from coast to coast, starting on Dec. 21.

Here's the bowl lineup, ranked from best game to worst:

1. Vizio BCS National Championship, Jan. 6 (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET): No. 1 Florida State (13-0) vs. No. 2 Auburn (12-1)

The final BCS National Championship will feature FSU's menacing defense against Auburn's high-octane offense. The Tigers will try to extend the SEC's streak of consecutive BCS national championships to eight, and the Seminoles will be seeking their first national title since 1999.

2. Discover Orange Bowl, Jan. 3 (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET): No. 7 Ohio State (12-1) vs. No. 12 Clemson (10-2)

The Buckeyes fell to the Orange Bowl after losing to Michigan State 34-24 in the Big Ten championship game. With FSU in the championship game, the Tigers snuck through the back door into the ACC's at-large BCS bid after losing to in-state rival South Carolina 31-17 in their regular-season finale. The Buckeyes and Tigers have played only once previously -- the infamous 1978 Gator Bowl in which OSU coach Woody Hayes punched Clemson linebacker Charlie Bauman after he intercepted a pass in the Tigers' 17-15 win. Hayes was fired the next morning.

3. Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio, Jan. 1 (ESPN, 5 p.m. ET): No. 4 Michigan State (12-1) vs. No. 5 Stanford (11-2)

Scoring figures to be at a premium in the 100th edition of the "Granddaddy of Them All." The Spartans lead FBS teams in total defense (248.2 yards per game) and rank fourth in scoring defense (12.7 points). The Cardinal are 14th in total defense (339 yards) and 10th in scoring defense (18.6 points). Stanford will try to win back-to-back Rose Bowl games for the first time since 1970-71.

4. Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2 (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET): No. 3 Alabama (11-1) vs. No. 11 Oklahoma (10-2)

The Crimson Tide fell short of winning a third consecutive national championship by losing to Auburn 34-28. The Tigers returned a missed field goal more than 100 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the Iron Bowl. Will Alabama be motivated for its bowl game? The Tide will attempt to avoid the kind of letdown they had in the 2009 Sugar Bowl, when they were blasted 31-17 by Utah in New Orleans. OU coach Bob Stoops finally gets to see whether the SEC is as overrated as he says it is.

5. AT&T Cotton Bowl, Jan. 3 (Fox, 7:30 p.m. ET): No. 8 Missouri (11-2) vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State (10-2)

The former Big 12 rivals are coming off deflating losses that knocked them out of BCS bowl games -- the Tigers might have played for a BCS national championship if they'd defeated Auburn in the SEC championship game. OSU won its last three games against Missouri before the Tigers bolted the Big 12 in 2012.

6. Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1 (ABC, 1 p.m. ET): No. 9 South Carolina (10-2) vs. No. 19 Wisconsin (9-3)

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